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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Then

Now

Sometimes


Growing up I've always had long/thick hair. It's a blessing and a curse. When i don't wear it straight, I always have the option of wearing it naturally curly, which is nice. I tend to wear it curly when I go on vacation so I have the freedom of swimming. Once water hits the hair, it's a wrap and here comes the curls/waves. Don't get me wrong ... it's cute but I find it difficult to style and I get bored with this look very easily. This look is cute for a day or so but eventually I start wishing it was straight again, I just love my hair straight. Some people have been wondering about the type of products I use, what my hair routine is, my hair advice .... well hopefully this Q&A helps.

1. Do you do your own hair at home or do you go to a salon? What type of salon do you go to and how often?

I only do my own hair at home when i wear it curly because I can't blow it out. I know it sounds bad but I can't. Maybe I should learn to save some money but ... honestly, I'm too lazy. I've had friends try and teach me how to roller set my own hair, or how I can buy a portable dryer, but I enjoy going to the salon and having a professional do it. While some people only go to salons when they need a trim, I go all the time. Yes, it can be a little bit pricey to go all the time, it's well worth the investment. My grandmother and mother go to the salon just as often as I do and I guess I got it from them. They must be doing something right because they both have beautiful and healthy hair.

I go about every two or three weeks. I get my hair done at a Dominican salon in New York. The salon was actually voted the best dominican salon in the U.S by Latina Magazine. I get a wash, set and blow out. Which means - I sit under the dryer with huge rollers in my hair for about an hour. After the hair is dry, they blow it straight. I do not use a flat iron after the dryer and blow out, too much heat can damage the hair. Most Dominican salons in NY will charge you $25-55 dollars for this depending on what products you get when your hair is washed and conditioned.

I've always been very serious about hair care and making sure my hair stays healthy and long. If it means that I have to save up enough money to make sure i'm using the best products and going to the best professionals then i think it's worth it. Some may not agree but ... it's my head : )

2. What products do you think help your hair to stay healthy?

I swear by the Brazilian Keratin treatment products. I've never done the treatment itself, which i heard is 2 hrs long. I only use the shampoo/conditioner products that go with the treatment. These products help support the treatment and in return help to give your hair similar benefits. This will leave your hair soft, shiny, and healthy. People always ask me what I put on my hair during the day to make it so soft and shiny and i honestly do not put anything on it. It's always that shiny, soft, and silky. I probably won't ever get the treatment itself. I honestly don't think I need it. My hair is already soft and shiny by using the shampoo/conditioner so I don't see why I need to add the treatment to it. If you want to try the treatment it's VERY important you go to a special salon that has experience doing this, and make sure you do your research and speak to clients, and do not do this at home on your own.

Many different brands are creating these products because they are becoming so popular. The shampoo and conditioner I like the best is by La-Brasiliana, the products contain collagen. Click here for more information.

In addition to using these products, I also love getting a deep condition at the salon. It basically means using a conditioner, sitting under the dryer for an extra 10-15mins, washing it out and then getting your roller set. I always notice a difference from when I get it and don't get it, so I make sure that i do. Some salons charge you extra for a deep conditioner treatment, depending on what type you get.

3. What is your night time hair routine?

I wrap my hair at night and use a silk scarf to tie it up. Wrapping your hair at night keeps it straight and also protects your hair. Sleeping on a pillow can dry out your hair. I've accidentally fallen asleep in my apartment when the temperature was really dry and woke up with frizzy hair - not a cute look. I always try to make sure I wrap my hair while I'm lounging around the apartment (see photos) and definitely before I hit the pillow.



3. What's the biggest mistake people make when selecting treatments and products?

People really need to consider genetics. Some products that may work for a friend may not be the best choice for your hair. Just because someone uses a certain product that does magic on them, doesn't mean it's going to do the same to yours. Your hair history is very important when choosing products. You want to take advice from people who have similar hair texture as yours and a similar hair history. When I decided to color my hair a few years ago ( big mistake ) I loved it at first but noticed my hair started to break, grow much slower, etc. A year before, a friend ( who actually warned me not to color my hair) had the same thing happen to her. When I needed advice on what to do to fix it, I went straight to her. Why? Because she and I have similar hair and she went through the exact same experience as I did. Moral the of the story: I should have listened when she warned me the first time, and also make sure you seek advice from people who you can relate to. I'm not saying you can't try new products or listen to advice, all I'm saying is make sure you do research before trying anything new. What works for me may not be the best choice for you.

4. What do you think about hair spray? Hair grease? oils? Etc.

I don't use hair spray, it's just a personal choice. I don't like the way it makes my hair smell or what it does to my hair. Hair grease can help with fly aways (those little hairs that stick up) and work well if you tend to have a dry scalp but I think you should use a tiny amount otherwise you will have greasy hair. I do enjoy oils, especially this one (click here) from Carol's daughter. When I read that Jada Pinkett uses Carol Daughter's products, I decided to do a little research and test it out. I don't use too much of this because it can make your hair oily, only a tiny amount once in a while.

5. How do you usually wear your hair?

I wear my hair down all the time (part on the side, swoop side bang). I don't ever wear it in a pony tail. Wearing your hair in a pony tail I learned can be really bad, especially if you use a rubber band. It's the tension it puts on your hair that's no good, the hair can stretch and the cuticle layer can become distorted. If you love wearing your hair this way because it's comfortable to you ... you may want to consider using a scrunchy (which is covered in fabric), not as cute but it's better than an elastic.

6. What are some day to night hair tricks I can try?

Asking me a question about changing up your hairstyle is bad because I tend to always have the same exact hair style. Just ask my friends since High School, it's always been ... side part/bang w/ a swoop - hahaha. To change it up slightly over the years - I've gotten highlights, I've curled it w/ a curling iron and I've even cut bangs. That's about the biggest changes I'll make.

My latest trick though are CLIP INS! I have decently long hair, it's not super long but it's long enough. When I go out sometimes for special occassions I want longer hair that I can curl and create waves, so I can feel like Beyonce ... at least for one night anyway : ) To create length I use clip ins!

Clip in hair is great because you can pop them in and out without damaging your hair. People spend a ton of money getting weaves sewed in, glued in, bonded, etc, since my hair is already long, I never wanted to invest in getting a weave and risk causing damage to my hair. If you want length and want to change up your look, clips are a great idea! You can even get different colors if you are interested in adding highlights. I only use them for a night time look, during the day I rock with my own.

Check out my video below for more information.





in Vegas w/ the clip in's




if you have more questions feel free to ask in the comment section below!

xoxo

Jonesy

46 comments on "All About Hair"
  1. Great post! You have such beautiful hair and you were such a cute kid. I'm personally about to cut my hair. I've always pretty much had the same hairstyle and I'm tired of it. Plus, people always think I'm a teenager and I'll be 28 this year.

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  2. Great Post! And I have to agree, you have such beautiful hair! I am going to have to take up on some of your advice. I have naturally curly hair and I was reading through your Q+A and there are a few no-no's I have been doing. Thanks for this post.

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  3. love your beautiful hair
    thanks for sharing the tips
    i shall take note of it

    xoxo

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  4. hi! i loved this post, but i was also wondering: from some of your other entries, it sounds like you work out a couple of times a week? how do you care for your hair and be able to work out often? that's something i really need to learn how to do!
    --naomi

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  5. Same here, I have very thick hair, and I sometimes wear it curly/scrunched, but I just like it straight better! :)
    xx,
    ~Abby~
    And good job, you have 400 followers!

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  6. have you tried Moroccan Hail Oil... its a dream!! I am going to try wrapping my hair, living in Colorado makes it so dry, its annoying!

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  7. This was a very informative post! I should try wrapping my hair up at night. My roommate has curly hair and she always goes to a website called naturallycurly.com, if you're ever interested in wearing it curly more often. Looks great straight though!

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  8. Great post!
    Thnk you for your comment dear! :)

    <3
    www.kasiabelhadri.blogspot.com

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  9. Hey sweetie, thanks for the follow! I'm glad I found your cute blog. Am following you back. =D What a great post on hair!

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  10. So cute young photos! Love your hair now though too.

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    x

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  11. Great post and beautiful hair. May I ask what is the name of the salon you go to in NYC?

    Nice blog, I've been following you for a while now :)

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  12. Thanks for all the nice comments : ) truly appreciate it

    Naomi - I try to work out 3-4 times a week and I wrap my hair before i work out, it helps it from getting all gross and in the way.

    Ms More- I go to this salon www.eliasalon.com

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  13. Thanks for dropping by and commenting, I'm glad to find this blog.
    You're gorgeous with straight or curly hair. I was born with straight hair but prefer it curly because I find it easier to maintain that way, lol.
    Good luck on the giveaways, hope you win. ;)

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  14. oh how adorable photo of a younger u.

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  15. you are so gorgeous! look at you :) jealous of your fab locks! xoxo

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  16. hi thankyou for following ..u look super fit and nice post on hair. checkout my other blog http://sak-lilbitofeverything.blogspot.com/ ..hope u'll follow

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  17. Oh those baby photos are adorable! you are beautiful! xoxo

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  18. your hair is so gorgeous! thanks for sharing your tips :)

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  19. Hey! Told you I'd come over :) Great post it was interesting to read how you do your hair. I love going to the salon as well. I'm trying to grow my hair out so its at the gross shoulder length which I hate but I am determine to have long hair!
    xxx

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  20. you're beautiful with both straight and curly hair!! my hair are naturally straight but i know how's difficult to take care of them!

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  21. Beautiful photos, and my! You've had style all your life girl!

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  22. Great post...your hair is really gorgeous! I do love the elastic ponytail holders too much :( One thing I do to help my hair out is to soak them in oil before I use 'em

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  23. thanks for your comment! i decide to follow you too!!
    bye!

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  24. Hi!!! I liked the video so much!! (I couldn't understand everything but most of it!!) I do not know if I can find original human hair for just 5$!! I think that is impossible here!! ;P

    I am following too! :)
    and adding u to my blog roll! wanna keep in touch!! :)

    xoxo
    mycherrygum.blogspot.com

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  25. Nice post! I actually like your hair curly. I'm so jealous that you have all that hair!!! Mine is pretty thin and pin straight aka boring.

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  26. Cute pics! Thanks for following me...I will add you as well so that I can keep up with you and your fabulousness!

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  27. Hey! You're beautiful! Thanks for the comment, i also like your blog! I'm your follower now!
    Kisses

    http://hautecoutureestmort.blogspot.com

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  28. hellO darling you! thanks for stopping by me. im envious of how versatile you can look. i wish i was born with curls- cause then you can have it straight if you want. i have "fine" hair that cant hold any curls ever- only for 30 minutes at a time when staying inside- forget ever leaving the house and still have curls- haha! hope youre having an wonderful monday!

    xx ediot

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  29. hey love! thanks so much for commenting in my lil blog! i REALLY appreciate it! i see ure keeping things cute around here ... ure adorable! rock the week!

    love and blessings,
    BBM.

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  31. I love Morrocainoil for my hair. If I don't go to the Dominicans to get my wash/set than that's what I'm using. I swear by the products!

    Love your hair. Love the blog!

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  32. Hi!!! Thanks for follow my blog!! I'm pretty new in this amazing blog world! :) You are so beautiful!!! and I admire people who spend time caring for their hair!! I just do basic things hahaha like wash it, comb it and... that's all hahaha! I'm embarrassed... but I promise be careful with my precious hair!!
    Thank you sweetie!! :)
    xoxo
    Marce

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  33. you have great hair! i am obsessed with hair and how different it can be, i'm a total product whore, but i have "kinda curly" hair and it can be a pain if i don't fix it right... nice blog

    http://laurenlanzaosias.blogspot.com
    be a follower, not a hater

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  34. Jonesy, you are gorgeous! Thanks for visiting my blog. You have great hair too! I'm an adoptive mama to a beautiful Ethiopian daughter and I've had to learn how to do her hair. Check her out at my other blog: http://www.journeytofamily.com/

    xoxo
    Ginger

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  35. i read this whole post REALLY carefully ! i do agree that haircare is sorta same like skincare.. what may work for others may not work for me.. my hair suits herbal essences better than one of those expensive kerastse shampoos ! really does prove money doesnt always get me the best hair either :D
    and i love clip ins too !


    MICHELLE || Glisters and Blisters

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  36. the before and after photos are sooo cute! :) and you loookk stunning dear :)
    xoxo
    grizzy

    http://coocour.blogspot.com

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  37. love your blog! thanks for the follow, following back! your hair is lushh!

    xx

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  38. you're really pretty! The change is really good.
    xxx
    X.

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  39. if only i knew half of this many years ago. your hair is gorgeous *slight hair envy--actually MAJOR hair envy* but i've made my peace (mostly) with what God gave me, and do the best with what I have. I'm really interested in Carol's Daughter products, but they're rather pricey. so for the moment, i just use pure avocado oil, but one day i'll make that investment

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  40. awwww THANKS FOR ALL THE COMMENTS! YOU ARE ALL THE BEST : ) I APPRECIATE IT. I hope this helped some of you, I really love love love these products. If you need ANY information feel free to email me at Jonesy.Bliss@gmail.com

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  41. Hey girl! Really loved this post. I have super curly hair, and like you, I like it straight. Been thinking about getting the Brazilian treatment! Wish me luck :)

    http://lindsaylovesitall.blogspot.com

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  42. great post! your hair is beautiful! you're making rethink how much i wear my hair pulled back...hmmm :-/

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  43. Cool post- I loved reading it!!! You do have beautiful hair so I would say you are more than qualified to give these tips. Hair is definitely an investment and I say do what you gotta do to feel good. Also though, the prettiest pic of you here is the one of your hair wrapped and the earring and the makeup- very gorgeous!

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  44. those pics from when u were little are super cute!

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